Amazon helps celebrate 50 years of St Ann's Hospice

23 Nov 2021 11:53
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The Amazon fulfilment centre in Bolton has donated £1,200 to a hospice that supports the Greater Manchester community.

St Ann's Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with career and non-cancer life-limiting illness across its two sites in Greater Manchester and in the community. The hospice also provides support for relatives, carers and friends of patients as well as helping loved ones come to terms with their loss.

The hospice held an exhibition of forget-me-not ornamental flowers in The Trafford Centre to celebrate St Ann's 50th anniversary. Individuals from across Greater Manchester had the opportunity to own one of the flowers that made up the exhibition - some in memory of a loved one, others to mark an occasion or other moment that they haven't been able to take part in during the pandemic.

Amazon's donation was used to purchase a selection of the flowers and employees could then enter a draw to win one of the ornaments.

The donation from Amazon to St Ann's follows a £1,886 donation made by the fulfilment centre team earlier this year.

Speaking on the donation, John Strydom, Site Leader at Amazon's Bolton fulfilment centre, said:

"We have built a great relationship with St Ann's Hospice over the last few years and the Amazon team in Bolton is pleased to help celebrate 50 years of the hospice."

This hospice was nominated for support by Peter Langstreth, an employee at the Bolton fulfilment centre who added: "St Ann's Hospice is a charity very close to my heart and I'm so pleased Amazon could contribute to its 50th anniversary.

Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive from St Ann's Hospice, said: "As a charity, we need to fundraise £20,000 a day to keep our services running. We're hugely grateful to local businesses who support St Ann's Hospice whether it's through volunteering employee fundraising or making a donation. It all makes a difference. Thank you to Amazon for the contribution and continued support.

"The forget-me-not is a symbol that's really close to our hearts at St Ann's. By buying a flower, people have the chance to dedicate it to their loved one, knowing that the money raised from these flowers is helping us to continue providing care to local people."

The hospice received the donation as part of Amazon's programme to support the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic breakfast and delivering more than five million healthy breakfasts to families around the UK.

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